UPDATED: Three County Manhunt Over For Suspected Robber

The search is over for a suspect wanted by authorities in three eastern Carolina counties. 45 year old, William Welton Senior was taken into custody in Durham County Thursday evening.

Authorities say he's now in the Onslow County jail.

Investigators tell us Welton was wanted for multiple robberies in Onslow, Carteret and Craven counties.

Onslow County Sheriff Ed Brown says the robberies may be connected to a crack addiction and that it's possible Welton has committed similar robberies in other states as well.

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Deputies say Bill Welton, Sr. is suspected in a string of robberies in Carteret, Craven and Onslow counties.

Lawmen in three counties are searching for a man they say robbed multiple businesses.

Bill Welton, Sr. is wanted by authorities for armed robberies in Carteret, Craven and Onslow counties. The 45-year-old man is possibly driving a black 2001 Volkswagon Jetta with tinted windows. The car has a North Carolina license plate of WWE-2032.

Onslow County Sheriff Ed Brown says the robberies may be connected to a crack addiction and that it's possible Welton has committed similar robberies in other states as well.

The latest robbery happened last night at Zena's Convenient Store on Highway 24 in Newport. Carteret County deputies say the robber made off with approximately $100 and a pack of cigarettes.

Deputies say Welton should always be considered armed. Anyone who spots Welton should contact either the Carteret, Craven or Onslow County Sheriff Departments.


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